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It’s Official – Sydney is Australia’s Cocaine Capital


The most extensive study into illegal drug use in Australia has found that Sydney is the nation’s cocaine capital, and that the use of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, is on the rise in rural areas. The research, costing more than $3 million and facilitated by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC), was undertaken as part ...

A Pioneer of Harm Reduction: An Interview with Dr Ingrid van Beek


There’s been a push from harm reduction experts to implement a system of pill testing at music festivals and nightclub precincts for years now. This evidence-based approach allows drug users to understand what they’re consuming and has been carried out in European countries for decades. A recent spate of drug-related deaths in Melbourne and on ...

Australia is Deporting New Zealanders in Droves


Since 1973, the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement (TTTA) has been set up between Australia and New Zealand. Although, there’s been some changes to the agreement over time, it still allows for the free movement of citizens between each of the countries enabling them to visit, work and live. For decades, there’s been a perception that Australia ...

Turnbull Plans to Dilute Australia’s Race Hate Laws


The political climate has changed around the globe since Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced there would be a Senate inquiry into whether to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) in November last year. The tide had already turned since the federal election last July, when four One Nation candidates were voted ...

Woman Sent to Prison after Spending Unexpected Windfall


Brisbane woman Wendy Baulch has been sentenced to three months in prison followed by a fifteen month suspended sentence, after spending money which was deposited into her bank account by mistake. The fifty-four year old mother-of-four pleaded guilty to one count of fraud, after spending $60,000 “on items of indulgence” including a 36-day cruise from ...

Indigenous Incarceration: Australia’s Shame


By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Indigenous Australians are reported to be the most imprisoned race in the world, and the situation is only getting worse. The proportion of Indigenous inmates in NSW prisons has risen by 35% since the Coalition government came to power in 2011. The NSW Minister of Corrections, David Elliott, has ...

Union Leader Encourages Illegal Strikes


By Zeb Homes and Ugur Nedim The most powerful figure in the Australian union movement has no problem with members breaking “unjust laws” relating to industrial action. The new secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions,Sally McManus, made it clear she supports the decision of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CMFEU) to engage ...

Prosecutors Want More Prison Time for Aussie Woman Who Killed Indonesian Policeman


New South Wales mother of two Sara Connor is on tenterhooks now that the Denpasar Prosecutions Office has announced it will lodge an appeal against her prison sentence, arguing it is manifestly inadequate. Ms Connor was sentenced to four years in prison, after being found guilty of a fatal assault on Balinese policeman Wayan Sudarsa. ...

Australian Black Panther Woman: An Interview with Activist Marlene Cummins


Marlene Cummins is Australia’s original Black Panther woman. Back in the early 70s, she joined the Brisbane chapter of the Australian Black Panther Party (ABPP) with the likes of Sammy Watson Jnr, Lionel Fogarty and Denis Walker. ...

Decriminalise Drugs Now, Demand Top Brass


Former NSW premier Bob Carr and former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett launched the new Australia 21 report in Sydney last Monday. Entitled Can Australia Respond to Drugs More Effectively and Safely?, the report outlines thirteen key recommendations aiming to decriminalise drugs and minimise the harms associated with their use. Australia 21 is an independent public ...